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KEI Employment


Economic Policy Analyst

Start Date

March, 13th 2023


The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) is a U.S. policy institute and public outreach organization dedicated to helping Americans understand the breadth and importance of the relationship with the Republic of Korea. Through our publications, programs, and public events, KEI seeks to advance understanding of Korea in ways that will inform policymakers and the American public of the economic and political implications of our connections to the Korean Peninsula.

KEI is seeking an Economic Policy Analyst to produce commentary and analysis, mainly on current economic events regarding the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia, and U.S. foreign policy towards the region. The Economic Policy Analyst will track events from government outlets and industry announcements; create content on issues of interest to KEI’s audience, such as written, video, and audio content. The position will need to be conversant with developments in economics and trade, and their relation to science and technology, security, and social issues.

The successful candidate will have outstanding writing and oral communications skills, strong familiarity with the Korean Peninsula, economic background, analytical ability, editing skills, experience with producing content on short deadlines, and interpersonal skills to facilitate interaction with government officials, external peers, visitors, and the KEI team. Korean language skills are strongly preferred.

This is an opportunity for someone who is deeply interested in developments on the Korean Peninsula and in U.S.-Korea relations. The candidate will report to KEI’s Senior Director, and through him to KEI’s President and Vice President. She/he will work closely with other KEI staff, interns, and KEI’s affiliated experts.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. with the possibility of two days per week of telework, subject to program and office requirements. The position requires domestic and international travel. KEI offers a competitive benefits package including 401k; 100% employer-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; Flexible Spending Account; transportation subsidies; on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and two relevant writing samples (no more than 800 words) to by April 30, 2023. Samples of video or audio presentations would also be welcome.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Track economic and policy issues regarding the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations on a daily basis, relying on a wide variety of sources.
  • Identify issues that should be analyzed and contextualized for KEI’s audiences and management when relevant.
  • In conjunction with the communications team, produce commentary and analysis in written forms, including video and audio script for KEI’s platforms.
  • Review and edit content produced for publication.
  • Produce a quarterly policy review summarizing key economic and other policy developments.
  • Establish working relationships with American and Korean government officials, peers at other Washington-based policy institutes, Korean and American journalists, and others.
  • Assist the Senior Director with soliciting outside contributors for KEI’s publications and convening experts for conferences and seminars focused on economic policy issues.
  • Respond to media interview requests on current developments.
  • Manage data on KEI’s website.
  • Support KEI’s programs and perform other tasks.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Demonstrated expertise primarily in economics and trade but also be knowledgeable about the politics and security of the Korean Peninsula. Be familiar with U.S. foreign policy and/or regional dynamics in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and experience in editing and peer review.
  • Ability to distill complex issues for a general audience on short deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to engage with a wide range of peers, stakeholders, and audiences.
  • Proficiency in the Korean language is preferred.
  • Graphic design and data presentation skills are preferred.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 2-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Master’s degree in economics or political economy preferred.

KEI is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.